What resolutions have you made for this new year? Is your response like mine? You answer "no" along with a little head shake because you KNOW that resolutions don't work! Maybe you did set a resolution and it has already been broken. So often resolutions are broken and it seems that many are set with the idea that they will be broken. Due to the lack of accomplishment I have resisted setting New Years resolutions. I have set goals and talked of dreams for the new year . . . and broken those too so really the wording doesn't matter. I do know people who have had success with resolutions. Like AJ who went one year without candy or soda, I went a year without fast food or soda which was a huge accomplishment at the time. A friend went a year without French fries. Resolve is necessary to accomplish these goals and the personal discipline required is huge.
By means of accountability, and to set the stage for many of my blogs this year, here are my 2014 resolutions: I resolve to create freedom in three areas of my life. I resolve to be healthy by releasing weight. I resolve to be wealthy by releasing debt. I resolve to be peaceful by releasing stress.
** NOTE: I originally wrote this blog towards the end of January. It is still very fitting and lines up perfectly with some posts to come in the near future.
This is just the beginning. I cannot create freedom, health, wealth and peace by simply making these statements or reading them daily. I have a detailed action plan for each one. I have several levels of accountability in place in each area. These statements, however, give me an easy filter for all of my choices. When facing a food decision I can ask myself, "Does this move me toward health?" When choosing how involved to be in an activity I can ask myself, "Will this promote peace?" Arriving at my goals and accomplishing my resolutions is ultimately a matter of choice. Every choice matters - big choices and, especially, small choices.
Have you resolved to make this year different than the previous year, or the previous 5 years? Today - right now - is the best time to get started! What are your resolutions? Is it time to put some on paper? What choices will you make today to move you in the direction of your dreams and goals?
It's not always easy, but it's always worth it!